Top Grossing Film: Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace
My Favourite Film: Bangkok Dangerous.
Quite a few good films and big films this year – The Matrix, The Blair Witch Project, and Fight Club are all obvious choices. My pick though is one so very few have seen – there’s no excuse, it’s fucking glorious. Plenty of cult classics this year too.
Biggest Selling Song: Baby One More Time by Britney Spears
My Favourite Song: Unintended by Muse
I almost went for the title track, but then remembered how Unintended grabbed me. I’d heard some of their earlier EP from one of those old radio sampler cds, but it was their ballad that convinced me they would be huge.
Biggest Selling Album: Millennium by Backstreet Boys
My Favourite Album: Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Not too many huge releases this year that I could have gone for, really between this, Muse, and Lene Marlin. Californication is a beast though, a massive return to form and a huge commercial and critical success.
My Favourite Book: Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
Top Grossing Film: Mission Impossible 2
My Favourite Film: Battle Royale.
A lot of strong foreign movies this year, aside from my winner. When I first saw Battle Royale I proclaimed it as the most important film of the new millennium. I still stand by that. Pick a better film from 2000, I dare you.
Biggest Selling Song: Music by Madonna
My Favourite Song: Bumblebee by JJ72
The studio version is quite lovely in its torment, but seeing it live is an entirely different beast – it transforms into a destructive, euphoric masterpiece.
Biggest Selling Album: No Strings Attached by NSYNC
My Favourite Album: The Marshall Mathers LP
I don’t think there was a better album this year, a year which also included Rated R, JJ72, Lost Souls, Brave New World, Kid A, Wishmaster, and more.
My Favourite Book: A Storm Of Swords by George R R Martin.
Top Grossing Film: Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone
My Favourite Film: The Fellowship Of The Ring
Plenty of worthy picks this year, but come on, LOTR wins every damn time.
Biggest Selling Song: It Wasn’t Me by Shaggy
My Favourite Song: Hurricane by Natalie Imbruglia
Biggest Selling Album: Hybrid Theory by Linkin Park
My Favourite Album: Origin Of Symmetry.
White Lillies Island, Toxicity, Amnesiac, Blackwater Park, and a whole host of euro and american metal and rock coming back into the mainstream. Muse raised their game and easily bypassed any and all expectations for their second album.
My Favourite Book: Black House by Stephen King
I feel like I should apologize for how limited by reading appears on these lists. At this point in my life I was reading 2-3 books a week, mostly for University. Those books were almost exclusively old – pre-20th Century, or pre-1983 at least. What spare time I had was going on King’s latest releases. He had two this year, and Black House (which I stupidly read before The Talisman) is the better of the two. Looking at what else was released in 2001, I think my choice stands.
Top Grossing Film: The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers
My Favourite Film: The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers
Biggest Selling Song: Anything is possible/Evergreen by Will Young.
My Favourite Song: Under The Ice by Blind Guardian
Biggest Selling Album: The Eminem Show by Eminem
My Favourite Album: Century Child by Nightwish
Night On My Side, A Night At The Opera, Highly Evolved, I To Sky, Deliverance, and plenty more personal favourites.
My Favourite Book: Everything’s Eventual by Stephen King
Some of King’s finest short stories collected here, including Little Sisters Of Eluria and the award winning The Man In The Black Suit.
Top Grossing Film: The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
My Favourite Film: The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
See above. Again.
Biggest Selling Song: Where Is The Love by Black Eyed Peas
My Favourite Song: No More Lies by Iron Maiden
Biggest Selling Album: Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ by 50 Cent
My Favourite Album: Another Day by Lene Marlin
The Music, Damnation, Dance Of Death, Absolution, Souvenirs… probably others.
My Favourite Book: The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks.
Not to be an asshole, but I was on the hype train for this before anyone else. I even started an IMDB thread about a potential movie on the book before the book was even released. Anyway, it’s great.
Top Grossing Film: Shrek 2
My Favourite Film: Dawn Of The Dead
This wasn’t a great year personally for standout films. There were some very good sequels and plenty of films I enjoyed – not many that leap out as a strong favourite. My two obvious picks involved zombies. I’ve gone for the one most would not pick.
Biggest Selling Song: Do They Know It’s Christmas? by Various
My Favourite Song: Ghost Love Score by Nightwish
Biggest Selling Album: Confessions by Usher
My Favourite Album: Welcome To The North by The Music
Faded Seaside Glamour, Once, Until The End, Leviathan, Lifeblood, and more. But my album of the year is also the album of the decade and one of the best ever.
My Favourite Book: The Dark Tower by Stephen King
Well, I had to, didn’t I?
Top Grossing Film: Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
My Favourite Film: Batman Begins
Plenty of worthy comedies and dramas, but Batman wins it.
Biggest Selling Song: Is This The Way To Amarillo by Peter Kay and Tony Christie
My Favourite Song: Something In The Way by Gemma Hayes
Biggest Selling Album: The Emancipation of Mimi by Mariah Carey
My Favourite Album: Ghost Reveries by Opeth
Counting down The Days, Dirty Diamonds, The Roads Don’t Love You and not a lot else. A pretty crappy year.
My Favourite Book: Kafka On The Shore, by Haruki Murakami
Cats. Cats everywhere.
Top Grossing Film: Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
My Favourite Film: Casino Royale
A terrific year for movies and at least five I could just as easily call my favourite. I’m going to go with what might not be the best out of my favourites, but I think it just about cinches it for ‘rewatchability’.
Biggest Selling Song: Crazy by Gnarls Barkley.
My Favourite Song: Waking Hour by The Gathering
Biggest Selling Album: The High School Musical Soundtrack
My Favourite Album: A Matter Of Life And Death by Iron Maiden
Inhuman Rampage, Black Holes And Revelations, Blood Mountain, Home. Iron Maiden’s return to form culminates in their epic war-based monster.
My Favourite Book: Cell by Stephen King
I know I know, but it’s good!
Top Grossing Film: Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End
My Favourite Film: Enchanted
A bit of a crap year, actually. Even all the films which did well at The Oscars which most non-Oscars people like, I felt were a bit meh.
Biggest Selling Song: Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis
My Favourite Song: Bouncing Off Clouds by Tori Amos
Biggest Selling Album: Noel by Josh Groban
My Favourite Album: Send Away The Tigers by Manic Street Preachers
As you can tell, the number of quality releases drastically shrinks with each year this decade, so by this point there is’t much worth mentioning – naturally there’s a tonne I haven’t heard so there’s bound to be plenty of great albums and songs I’ve missed. I narrowed by albums down to three, but none of them are even great choices.
My Favourite Book: Unknown
You know, I don’t think I’ve read a single book published in 2007. I mean, I probably have but I can’t think of any which likely means any I did read I didn’t particularly enjoy.
Next time I’ll squeeze the remaining years into one post and I’ll probably remove the books section as there haven’t really been too many books in recent years that I’ve loved outside of the usual suspects. Maybe that’s what happens when you get old(er).